"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
New Birth, Justification, Regeneration, Sanctification, Redemption, and such must be verifiable in life. If it is not verified to be true in our life, it is empty talk and we are fake and false.
Christians use many bible terminology in our religious groups to show others that we are with the church. For example, words like born again, new birth, justification, regeneration, sanctification, Redemption, grace, etc, are used very frequently. When God uses any word or statement, they are used with meaning and they must stand to test, that is, they must be accountable and verifiable. But, when we use these words, we use them as clichés, they are neither accountable nor verifiable. Again, we will define these words in such a way, that these words should not bind us in anyway. Let me explain with one word, and it can be applied to every word. Let me take a word 'new birth'. New birth is our spirit birth. New birth is, receiving the holy spirit from God, as we have received the physical flesh body in our first birth. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Here is only one factor that God gives us the holy spirit as a gift and God seals it with our soul. If this does not happen, whatever we do other than this, it does not matter, we are not born again. But, churches say that our 'new birth' is by faith. What they mean is, if you believe that you are born again, then you are born again. Here they use two mistakes. They call it as 'new birth', which is not 'new birth'. They call it as 'faith', which is not 'faith'. Whatever we believe is not faith. "James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." Our faith must be based on what God told us that he will do, and if we believe that God will do it, it is faith. If it is supported by our life or what we do, then it will be our faith. If it is not, then our faith is fake. If we do not receive the holy spirit from God, our 'new birth' is also fake cliché. So also they use such cliché definitions for the words like Justification, Regeneration, Sanctification, etc. Churches say that they are subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ. New birth is not the "faith in the blood of Christ." Bible words must be real and must stand for test, that is verifiable. We must not use them to boast ourselves. I have a few links that you may check them out to know what they really mean, and what responsibilities do we have to use bible vocabularies.
Please verify them from these links. "Justification", "Regeneration", "New Birth", "Faith", "Sanctification", "Redemption." Thank you.
God Bless You